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Here's where you can find Fourth of July fireworks shows and parades in RI

Rhode Island will once again celebrate July 4th with fireworks and parades; check here for a list

Jack Perry
Providence Journal

Many of Rhode Island's cities and towns are planning fireworks shows to celebrate Independence Day in 2024.

Many of the events include music and food. Of course, Bristol throws a huge nationally recognized celebration, many communities around the Ocean State work hard to keep from being outdone.

Whichever one you choose, these celebrations offer a fun time for the whole family. Below is a list of free Fourth of July celebrations happening around the state, broken down by town.  

Fireworks

When: July 1, 9 p.m.

Where: Beach Pavilion, 25 Corn Neck Road

Details: Fireworks are visible all over the island, but the best views are from Town Beach and Crescent Beach.

4th of July Parade

When: July 4, 11 a.m.

Details: Starts at the Oar ends at the Statue of Rebecca.

Visitors along the Michael S. Van Leesten Memorial Bridge across the Providence River take in the fireworks display at India Point Park on Sunday evening July 2, 2023, during the city’s annual celebration.

Bristol Fourth of July Celebration

Fireworks

When: Wednesday, July 3, 9:30 p.m.

Where: Bristol Harbor

Parade

When: Thursday, July 4, 10:30 a.m.

Where: Starts at Chestnut and Hope Streets and ends at High Street.

A marching band struts its stuff in the 2018 Bristol Fourth of July Parade.

When: Wednesday, June 26, 7 to 9 p.m.

Where: Veterans Memorial Park, 416 Hunt Street.

Details: Refreshments, music and fireworks

Cumberland,

When: July 4, 11 a.m.

Details: Starts at the RI/MA border, on Route 120 (Nate Whipple Highway) and ends at the intersection of Nate Whipple Highway and Abbott Run Valley Road.

When

Where

Parade

When: Thursday, July 4, 4 p.m.

Details: Starts at Routes 100 and 98. This year's 98th Grand Marshal is Korean War Veteran Army Cpl. 2nd infantry Pete Robert. Marchers include Jessie Jewel the mermaid, Amy the mime and "some guy with a huge ant (kinda like the Big Blue Bug)," says Kathy LaMontagne, the town's financial clerk. She says, "It is always a surprise as to who or what shows up at 3 p.m." to join in the parade. Several bands are also marching.

When: Wednesday, July 3

Where: Town Beach

Details: Performance by Roomful of Blues

When: Thursday, July 4, 9:15 p.m.

Where: Newport Harbor

Newport, fireworks,

Quiet fireworks

What: Newport Fireworks without the loud bangs.

Where: Beavertail State Park

Details: The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management is inviting people with hearing and sensory sensitivities to a quiet viewing of the Newport fireworks from Beavertail State Park in Jamestown. Viewers can watch the fireworks across Narragansett Bay with less noise.

What: Pawtucket fireworks

When: July 3, 6 p.m. for food trucks and live music; shortly before 9 for fireworks.

Where: McCoy Stadium, festivities across the street in Front of Jenks Middle School.

What: Fireworks at Escobar Farm, Portsmouth

When: Friday, July 5 at 9:15 p.m.

Where: 133 Middle Road

Providence Fireworks

When: Tuesday, July 2, 5 p.m. for music and food trucks, 9 p.m. for fireworks

Where: India Point Park

When: Wednesday, July 3, 9 p.m.

Where: Oakland Beach

When: July 1, 4 p.m. food trucks, 6 p.m. for live music, dusk for fireworks.

Where: Deerfield Park, 39 Lisa Ann Circle